Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Postby suffolk » June 1st, 2017, 1:35 pm

As I'm sitting here with my foot up I have the door onto the back garden wide open ... for the past few days I keep getting visits from paired up pairs of Small Red Damselflies ... there have been several pairs most days laying their eggs in foliage in and around the pond in the garden ... then they fly in here and go to the front window ... some of them turn around and fly back out of the door but some of them get entangled in the blinds ...
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Postby Herbidacious » June 1st, 2017, 1:51 pm

How lovely (apart from getting entangled!)
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Postby scullion » June 1st, 2017, 2:53 pm

i think it's a red admiral - part of the same family as the painted lady. we keep getting dive bombed by them - territorial blighters.
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Postby Herbidacious » June 2nd, 2017, 9:43 am

ah yes. The reference I used was incorrect. (I don't actually know these things anymore... I used to be much more up on wild flowers and butterflies as a child.)
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Postby FoodMary » June 3rd, 2017, 12:04 pm

I have magpies visiting the roof above my flat - I think nesting as they arrive with straw and twigs. One of the chaps thinks they are nesting above our attics where the heating system is. It is driving Lulu (cat) demented! When they fly up over our window she flattens herself against the glass and cries!

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Postby TeresaFoodie » June 3rd, 2017, 12:57 pm

Oh Mary, how funny your cat is getting wound up! I just put my rubbish out. Magpies everywhere!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » June 3rd, 2017, 2:23 pm

We have been treated to seeing Eleonora's falcon at dusk here. The biologist who was next door has now moved to Sifnos but he was very informative.

It's nice to be able to buy various fish straight from the fishing boats that come in, we shall certainly do that again in a few days time.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » June 3rd, 2017, 2:43 pm

Zosherooney wrote:We have been treated to seeing Eleonora's falcon at dusk here

Splendid birds aren't they. They nest here in the autumn, I am sure that your biologist has told you that is so they can catch birds migrating south to feed their young.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » June 3rd, 2017, 7:59 pm

No, not this time Moira, we have seen both before and I agree they are wonderful to watch.

Just before we went out this evening 15 Eleonoras Falcons treated us to a wonderful display, we had never seen so many all at once, quite a spectacle. They did not seem that keen on the greek bloke that was flying a drone close by. :rolleyes:


Just to add. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleonora%27s_falcon

The item gives some astonishing details on what this falcon does or claims to do..... read about the breeding and feeding section..... very different behavioural patterns...
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » June 10th, 2017, 5:57 pm

I saw rather misleadingly named Grey Wagtails, today, in Fougeres at the water's edge. I don't think I have seen them before. Can't post a pic as it will eat up my very limited internet juice.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 10th, 2017, 7:25 pm

Lovely aren't they ... We had one in our garden a couple of years ago. I'd not seen one since I was staying on Dartmoor as a child. Beautiful elegant birds :D
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Postby Herbidacious » June 10th, 2017, 8:31 pm

Certainly very colourful. And their tails do wag a lot as my husband kept excitedly saying!
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Postby PatsyMFagan » June 11th, 2017, 8:53 am

As it was such a lovely morning, I decided to have my first cuppa sitting in the garden with only the birds for company .. I was sitting close, but just one side of the conservatory, when a Great Spotted woodpecker flew down to a feeder just a few feet away .. I held my breath while he/she tucked into the peanuts. It was there some time, only flying off when I very slowly lifted my cup to take a sip of tea ;) :bounce: I had never been so close to one before :tu:

Daughter tells me we also have a Stock Dove visiting the garden .. similar colouring to a woodpigeon, but much daintier, with a body/head/beak similar shape to a collared dove :tu:
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Postby suffolk » June 11th, 2017, 10:21 am

Oooh, I've not seen a Stock Dove for several years ... not since I lived right out in the countryside :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » June 11th, 2017, 5:44 pm

Gosh just looked them up and not sure I could tell the difference.

Just swifts and red faced sheep for me today :) (But managed to get one of the feral farmer's cats to let me stroke it! :o :D )
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » June 12th, 2017, 4:35 am

When we were out in the car a day or so ago we stopped at a reservoir, the kind that has a big strong wall at the end of the valley to hold the water back - think mini hoover dam. I spotted a dinner plate size turtle taking the air. Also the alpine swifts have finally put in an appearance.

Also the moon has been full whilst here, an amazing sight, over land and water and very red for some reason - really fantastic sight.

Also just identified a viewing of a black eared wheatear.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » June 12th, 2017, 9:00 am

%.45 this morning three abay black redstarts being fed their breakfast by Mum on the dressing room window ledge.
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Postby suffolk » June 12th, 2017, 9:22 am

That sounds absolutely wonderful Rats :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 12th, 2017, 10:07 am

Red Kite....myself and my Mum were out and about yesterday in The Chilterns region and she astounded me, as she is not a wildlife or animal lover, when she announced whilst driving 'Ooh a Red Kite, look!' I did try to see it but it flew out of sight. Reading up on them there are quite a lot in my area. They are so beautiful!
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I wondered if anyone knew much about them. I will read up on them, where I can see them, and will dig my binoculars out!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » June 12th, 2017, 11:59 am

Sea, you have a lot up M4 way, we have only spotted the odd one where we are.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » June 12th, 2017, 12:07 pm

Lots of both black and red round here. Their tails are the give away.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » June 12th, 2017, 6:38 pm

Lots of great sightings.

Saw a three foot long snake yesterday. But alas kersplatted on the road.

We were chatting to our neighbours earlier, and they said they set a 'bug bomb' going in their bedroom before going on holiday, and shortly after a snake was see slivering out of their window :o they also have a colony of (noisy) midwife toads, apparently.

Sorry for more second hand sightings, but my mother told me she found a bat in her bath last week! Not confabulating - I am sure of that.
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Postby TeresaFoodie » June 13th, 2017, 3:40 am

I miss sitting in my garden in Stansted Mountfitchet with a glass of red wine being swarmed by bats! They made such a lovely sound, chattering and wings flapping. That and the aeroplanes and the wine was glorious.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 13th, 2017, 4:18 am

Quite fascinating this and something I have never seen before. A huge noise from the birds around here when the sun went up, ooh about an hour or so ago, loads of chirping then I looked out on the telegraph wire outside my living room window to see loads of sparrows. They have all gone up in the roof now to feed their babies I guess. It's all gone quiet on the chirping front but I can hear pitter patter above me and my mate the cockerel in the distance.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 13th, 2017, 8:15 am

Lovely to see house sparrows Tezza ........ they make such a cheery sound ............ they've been in serious decline over the last few years so it's good that you've got some around you. :D We have a small colony here and they're regulars at the bird feeders ... they seem to like a mix of seeds that is designed for robins and other small birds.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » June 13th, 2017, 8:34 am

Walking round my garden this morning with my morning cuppa & saw this little beauty, tiny at only 8mm long it is a Rosemary leaf Beetle (Chrysolina americana)
You don't see how lovely they are until seeing them in Macro

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Postby Seatallan » June 13th, 2017, 8:57 am

Zosherooney wrote:Sea, you have a lot up M4 way, we have only spotted the odd one where we are.


We have loads and loads of them. It's wonderful. They not infrequently land on our shed roof. :D

Tezza, the novelty of having Red Kites will never wear off. It's such a fantastic success story. :luv:
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Postby Ratatouille » June 13th, 2017, 8:59 am

That is just beautiful Hicky.

I can tell you where all the house sparrows are Suffs - on their holidays in the South of France! They are one of the reasons we don't savage the ivy on the wall too much or too often.
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Postby cyprusmoira » June 13th, 2017, 9:04 am

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Ratatouille wrote:I can tell you where all the house sparrows are Suffs - on their holidays in the South of France!

Not to mention Cyprus, they roost in the big yucca outside my bedroom and very noisy when they wake up :!:

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 13th, 2017, 9:09 am

I really miss seeing sparrows having a dust bath in the farm yard like they did when I was a child .....
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » June 13th, 2017, 7:32 pm

not today but last night, on our way home, two very young foxes playing in the road in different places close by to us - so cute.
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Postby Herbidacious » June 14th, 2017, 11:58 am

Back in the UK now so here is a pics of the grey wagtails I saw. A bit out of focus as i didn't have a very powerful zoom on my big camera
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Postby suffolk » June 14th, 2017, 12:05 pm

Gorgeous :D

As you're back in the UK you can watch Springwatch this evening ... one of the nests they're following is a Grey Wagtails' nest with nestlings ... gorgeous.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/emvgfx/live/c8xp5v

If you click on the webcams you should find it :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » June 14th, 2017, 12:10 pm

$.15 this morning. I got up to go to the loo. I put my bedside light on because the street lights were off. There on the wall above my bed was the largest scorpion I have seen here. I leapt out of bed - in so far as can leap anywhere - and reached for my footwear with which i dispatched said animal. Mr Rats opened one eye and told me to shut up and go back to sleep :twisted: :twisted:
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Postby Herbidacious » June 14th, 2017, 12:12 pm

Lovely beetle shot, Terry.
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Postby Herbidacious » June 17th, 2017, 9:15 pm

I could hear owl(s) last night. Urban owls :)
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Postby suffolk » June 19th, 2017, 9:52 am

This is the year for us to be involved in the lives of birds.

Last week a baby crow (known as Russell) was being cared for assiduously by his parents in the area around the back of the farm shop ... they attempted to drive OH away whenever he went out to the cool store ... eventually he and the others realised that Russell seemed to have a broken leg/foot ... although his parents objected vociferously Russell has been taken to an animal rescue centre and will be returned to the area where he fledged when he is able to fend for himself.

Yesterday a fledgling starling decided he was too hot in the nest under the rooftiles of our neighbour's house and launched himself into our garden ... he's not ready to fly yet and spent most of the day on our compost heap being tended to by the adults ... then he moved into the 'Wilderness' part of the garden and spent last night and the first part of this morning perched on the hedgehog house ... shouting loudly and still being fed by his parents ... he seems to have moved from there in the last little while , but I expect he's still about there somewhere ... we know (vaguely ... friend of a friend sort of thing) an artist called Simon Starling ............ I've a feeling our fledgling will have to be called Simon ;)
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Postby suffolk » June 19th, 2017, 3:36 pm

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Here is Simon Starling - he's on the trellis a bit above the red fork handle
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Postby Grasshopper » June 19th, 2017, 7:48 pm

Saw a squirrel in our local park last week. There was a wall with a busy road beyond just a few feet away, but he wasn't fazed and was busily looking for food.
Obviously used to the noises of traffic & people.
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Postby Busybee » June 19th, 2017, 8:05 pm

A very poorly dove, we have a pair that live in a tree in our front garden, today one has been very dopey just sitting on our gate even when it was opened /closed. I have put some water out thinking it might be struggling in the heat and some food but it's now under a neighbours car.

Just doesn't look right.

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Postby Luca » June 19th, 2017, 8:39 pm

Oh dear BB. That doesn't sound good.
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Postby hickybank » June 19th, 2017, 8:46 pm

In situations like this I put the bird in a large cardboard box with water & bread soaked in milk, if it is o/k in the morning I let it go ,if it is still to weak keep it longer the the chances of survival are not good,
PS open the box outside, last tine I had a frantic magpie flying round my house
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Postby Badger's mate » June 19th, 2017, 8:49 pm

Saw my first marbled white of the summer, on the way back home from the plot
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Postby Ratatouille » June 20th, 2017, 8:54 am

When I went to bed last night I found Mr R standing by my dressing room window saying "Shhhhhhh" and pointing. There sitting in the road was a pale splodge which started to whirr. It was a nightjar. It stayed there for ages. We have seen them several times before but always a joy.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » June 20th, 2017, 9:00 am

How wonderful Rats!!!
I've never seen a nightjar ............ they hold Nightjar Walks at Dunwich Heath and Thetford Forest in Suffolk ........ every year I swear I'll go on one and I never do ............ next year ..............
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Postby Busybee » June 20th, 2017, 9:39 am

I heard nightjars around here last year but yet to hear any this year. I wonder if it's a bit early, what do you think Suffs? North Yorkshire location?

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Postby Busybee » June 20th, 2017, 9:42 am

No sign of poorly dove this morning :cry:

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Postby suffolk » June 20th, 2017, 10:28 am

Busybee wrote:I heard nightjars around here last year but yet to hear any this year. I wonder if it's a bit early, what do you think Suffs? North Yorkshire location?

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I would have thought they'd be about up there by now ... they usually hit the south coast in early May ... a good chance to see them here next month

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » June 24th, 2017, 1:10 pm

I meant to post this yesterday but things overtook me.

Thursday night we were watching TV. The balcony door was open. All of a sudden I was hit in the head by a flying thing which lnded with a plop on the floor in the corner. The cat went to investigate but took fright and came for pretection :lol:. Mr Rats went to look and found a poor female stag beetle upside down and trying to right herself. She was carefully lifted up in a tissue and taken outside to safety. What a beautiful creature,

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Postby suffolk » June 24th, 2017, 1:26 pm

Wow! Love stag beetles ... haven't seen one for several years now ...... :D

Did it leave a mark? ;)
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